The thing about doll making is you ‘get’ someone in your head, this time it was siblings I imagined. A big sister, that’s Izara and her little brother, that’s Yonas. I used a couple of images of children I found on Pinterest of a girl & boy to help create the features. So here they are, meet Izara
and her little brother Yonas.
Both have pants but not much else. Izara borrowed a blouse for the photo shoot. Now I have lots to make – Izara is to have a pale yellow dress with embroidery on, and Yonas has dungarees and probably a checked shirt to go underneath, oh and an anorak.
After not being able to decide on the type of hat, when I put a cashmere jumper on Orla’s head, she just looked so sweet I couldn’t resist. So the decision was made – upcycling it is. Both the green and the grey suited her, so now if one gets lost she has a spare! I made two different types, a simple beanie style and one with a knotted end. Here Orla is modelling her ‘nightcap’ worn with PJs made with Rose Hubble fabric and crocheted slippers.
….And here she is with the beanie, and yes she is standing up on her own, well technically speaking she is leaning up on her own.
Then there was a gap in the rain and some lovely pink sunlight through the window
This is an introduction to the next custom doll for Niamh and a little bit about necks! Meet this little doll she is 16 inches tall, blonde straight mohair weft and big grey blue eyes. She wears her hair in two braids, and just like my daughter’s hair (many years ago) ……it would look perfect for about 5 minutes and then more and more disheveled as the day went on. This is her first outfit, a little shift dress and beautiful wool coat. I just love the colour and feel of this wool, I’ve been longing to use it. She has got some pyjamas and a pair of slippers for bedtime which are so nearly finished, I’ll show you them soon.
Talk to any doll maker and there is a slight obsession with ‘the neck’ , it must be smooth, wrinkle free and invisible stitches. I’ve been slowly working towards the perfect neck. I was going to show you some little tricks you can do after you have sewn on the neck to get rid of the last wrinkles…..however this doll didn’t have any, she was perfect! I was however told about invisible stitching and it really worked a dream. There’s a great video here showing you the steps. Here’s the doll, and it’s easiest to sew the neck on before the hair!
One final thing she needs is a hat, I’m still not sure what type of hat to make. There’s a nice cloth one here, or I could do another upcycled one like Bella’s or a bonnet like Ottlie or Wren. Oh the decisions! I think I’ll talk to her new mama.
What better way to spend a weekend than down in Devon at Debbie’s from Little Oke dolls doing a workshop with Phoebe from Lavender and Lark. Our task for the weekend was to make a faerie and a toadstool.
First of all we made the smallest noses imaginable from modelling clay, while these were drying out it was time for the body and the all important facial features.
Each little faerie had it’s own personality and it was lovely to see them each coming to life. There were piles of vintage lace, hand dyed silks, embroidery threads laid out on the table and our imagination flowed. I was so engrossed I forgot to take pictures of this bit!
I did take one sneaky picture of Julia and my doll, it was so work in progress so please excuse the bald head and the voodoo like pins!
Then onto making a toadstool and a mossy stone. What was amazing was the variety of dolls that was produced, each faerie and toadstool unique. It was a very special weekend. Here are a few faeries that were completed I did miss a few (sorry fellow crafters)
Then finally here is my little faerie Sylvie, she wanted a new dress and I knew I had some beautiful lace for her at home. She is going to be a giveaway, so here’s what you do
Then on 10th November 2018 I will make a draw and the winner will receive the faerie and toadstool. Please note that it is an ornament and not for children, all the clothes are attached to the body and the faerie is firmly attached to her toadstool.
I love giving the dolls really soft panties, and I love Pointelle, BUT I really wrestle with it. Before I tell you about my Pointelle problems let me introduce Harriet, who is proudly showing you her pale blue panties. So, I have got a selection of Pointelle that I got from Little Oke dolls, the quality is beautiful. There are 2 sorts, the double layered (top two in the picture) and the single layered. I find the double layered much easier to control, the single just stretches and stretches.
I’ve been taking part in this lovely little gift exchange PuppenPacken It’s been fun making a little doll gift, and I chose to make some bottle green leather Mary Jane’s with some socks to go with them.
My gift had arrived when I returned from holiday in New York, a little box full of surprises. There were some lovely trimmings (which will be appearing on futures dolls) and four hand drawn pictures of my previous dolls. If you have Instagram go and look at the #puppenundpacken2018 to see all the other gifts.
Back to my dolls and Wren is finished and up for sale on my Etsy site. And of course a new doll is being made, someone who has been in my head for a while.
We are out in the gardens again in the beautiful late summer light. This little girl is nearly finished, her leather Mary Janes are soaking and stretching and will be ready tomorrow, but everything else is done.
More tiny tailoring with the Put a Bow on it coat, lined in one of the new cotton prints I got for a splash of colour.